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Jeff Golub

In the '90s, guitarist Jeff Golub's blend of jazz, R&B, and pop earned him a reputation for being one of the edgier, more tasteful players in the crossover jazz/NAC/smooth jazz field. Although some of Golub's recordings were played on smooth jazz stations extensively, he was quoted as saying that he refuses to play outright elevator music, and to be sure, Golub's solos give the impression that he is essentially a soul-jazz improviser at heart. The Ohio native (whose influences have included Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, and Larry Carlton, among others) is quite capable of playing straight-ahead bop; he certainly has the chops for it. However, Golub chose to focus on more commercial music and has a long résumé as a rock, pop, and R&B session player. He appreciates being compared to artists like David Sanborn, the Crusaders, Ronnie Laws, Joe Sample, and the late Grover Washington, Jr.; that is, instrumentalists who can be commercial and groove-oriented but still have a jazz improviser's mentality.

Golub was born on April 15, 1955, in Akron, Ohio, where he grew up listening to a variety of R&B, funk, blues, jazz, pop, and rock and began playing guitar as a pre-adolescent. In the '70s, Golub moved away from Akron to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. But by 1980, he had relocated again, this time to New York City, where he was still residing 23 years later. It was in the early '80s that Golub was hired to back arena rock/hard rock star Billy Squier, and that association led to a lot of other session work. The list of major rock or R&B artists Golub backed in the '80s or '90s (either in the studio or on-stage) includes Tina Turner, John Waite, Vanessa Williams, Ashford & Simpson, Dar Williams, and former J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf. In 1988, Golub was hired to back Rod Stewart, an association that lasted for eight years; 1988 was also the year in which Golub's first album as a leader, Unspoken Words, was released by the Gaia label, but at that point, he was still devoting most of his time to backing other artists.

It wasn't until 1994, when Golub founded the band Avenue Blue, that playing as a leader became the guitarist's main activity. That year, Golub signed with Mesa/Bluemoon, and Avenue Blue's self-titled debut album of 1994 fared well in the smooth jazz/NAC market. Two more Avenue Blue projects were released by Mesa/Bluemoon -- Naked City in 1996 and Nightlife in 1997 -- but after that, he put the name Avenue Blue to rest. While Avenue Blue, Naked City, and Nightlife had been billed as "Avenue Blue featuring Jeff Golub," 1999's Out of the Blue on Atlantic was billed as strictly Jeff Golub. After that, Golub moved to GRP/Verve, which released Dangerous Curves in 2000, Do It Again in 2002, and Soul Sessions in 2003. A few years later, Golub made yet another move, releasing Temptation on Narada in 2005. Grand Central followed in 2007. In 2009, Golub returned to his '80s rock roots, with the electric blues album Blues for You showcasing vocals from such old pals as Billy Squier, Peter Wolf, and John Waite. In 2011, his band cut The Three Kings with New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler. In 2011 the optic nerves in Golub's eyes, inexplicably collapsed, leaving him blind and requiring a guide dog. In September of 2012, while attempting to catch the subway in New York City, he fell onto the tracks as a train was approaching. He was clipped and dragged by the train as bystanders tried to help. Amazingly, other than cuts and bruises, he was unharmed. Undaunted, the guitarist recorded a collaborative album with British keyboard legend Brian Auger, ironically entitled The Train Keeps A-Rollin'. The set was released in the summer of 2013. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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galeclan
This is a beautiful example of what a jazz/blues guitar sound can be. Love every note!
My favorite Jazz is by Guitar he does a fantastic job.
Smooth and sweet - can't be beat.
amazing guitar playing Jeff's one of the greatest I've heard
djones056com m e n t e d . Great. To. Relax. By. Thanks
I LOVE HIS MUSIC! ,$straight up!
tomman30
smooth sounds....lo v i n it
Great Guitarist... . . . . . . . . . up there with Clapton, Hendrix Etc.
Jeff is the finest gutar player, nex to my uncle, Hollywood Studio Musician, Russ Soule.
I love the sound of this music!!!
Jeff can make a guitar talk to you!
Great music for beautiful Sunday afternoon! Grown folks only.
Smooth Guitarist. this song is as smooth as a summer breeze by the ocean,!
AMAZING guitarist! I always know whos playing before his name comes up. Cant say that about 99% of guitar music! Jeff has proved that adversity can be overcome, if the first step-believi n g it can - is taken. Way to go, my brother!!!
Jeff reminds me of my uncle, who was a Hollywood Studio Guitarist in the 1940ies, and 50ies. His name was Russ Soule.
His music creates a vast spectrum of talent and skill, I define his music as a flower in bloom!!
He is in the zone of greatness. So sorry abourt his eye sight loss.tggggg
He is the best ever!!
First time hearing this artist... Love the sound Jeff... Keep rockin.
Smooth to the touch, very relaxing & you know it has a sexy beat also. I dig it.
Beautiful remix !
FOURPLAY, THE VERY BEST FOR A VERY LONG TIME.....GEE B R O 3
I LOVED FOURPLAY THE BEST
best ever sound i have evar heard! I love jazz and this is the best ever!
Jeff Golub is one of the Great Ones....love this cut
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Good Music. Thats Peace. .......
he's great very soulful
ivansoto1963 0
I recently saw him playing at the smooth jazz cruise a blues session with Tom Braxton, Steve Cole and a few other great musicians... h e still rocks!!!!
God bless you Bro. Keep praying and believe that you are healed...rem e m b e r all things are possible if you believe...
rpkarcz
I had the honor to meet Jeff in the Milwaukee area in 2007 during a serious snowstorm when he was promoting the Grand Central CD. The weather was near blizzard so the crowd was less than 30 people, including me and my wife. But Jeff was undaunted and the set he played was acoustic perfection.
when your brought up listening to jazz @ a young age you learn the true meaning and understandin g of great music, instrumental @ that is #1 in my heart...grea t work pandora #1.
judy.ollry
he can play guitar like no one else! I saw him last year at the Rumba Room in Chicago.
lilym68164
Sorry to hear about the blindness. I discovered Jeff in the mid-90's when Avenue Blue came out. I'm a big fan of a lot of jazz guitarists, but Jeff is #1. There's just nothing like what his mind and hands can create with a guitar. He's the best.
this is smooth jazz which i love as it just puts you in another place away from the day time activities of life.
b.tannie56
Jeff's music really moves. Saw him live in Temecula,CA. . . a concert I'll never forget.
greetings pandora--peo p l e - - f r o m tuneman just singed-up-wi t h - p a n d o r a
His music is on point!
blackberrypa t c h
i AM A WRITER AND THERE ARE TIMES WHEN ONE MUST JUST R AND R..
.WHEN THAT HAPPENS THIS IS A TREAT TO HEAR!..
.GOOD WORK Karl....
FACE BOOK....Karl Berry....... i WILL HAVE A SAFARI HAT ON ...!
jtucker961
Jeff Golub's music always makes me stop what I'm doing to just listen! Sorry too to hear about his loss of sight. I hope he keeps playing. I took a side trip over to his website at http://www.j e f f g o l u b . c o m / and apparently so he is. Good luck!
I'm sorry to hear Jeff is blind...he is just so damn good. Wow.
lazardh
Prayers for Jeff and his family. He has a disease that has left him blind. He still plays the guitar. I will see him at the Sea Breeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach Florida.
I am loving this!! Woking on a paper for school and grooving!! Nothing better!!
Sad to hear about losing his eyesight..no n e t h e l e s s he is FANTASTIC to listen to.. Love his music.
Check out Avenue Blue and Manteca this guy has chops forever and I didnt know about the recent blindness I wish him well and I am grateful for the pleasure he has given me
davidlturner 4 4
backyard jam!! friend time!lo
In June 2011, Golub became blind due to collapse of the optic nerve.
kyrocgood
This makes me want to put on my lbd and dancing shoes...and it's only 1:00 p.m in the afternoon... . o h well its five o'clock somewhere!
nazoe05
oooooooooooo , Sexy, found a new artist gonna looko into him
Wow nice
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